We are seeing a lot of Harriet (5 years) these days; sometimes before school and sometimes after. Here she is with Iain who is reading the Christmas mail from Deb and family. Underneath the letter with its photos is the card from Kim with her up-to-date photos.
Iain is explaining to Harriet that the children in these photos are her 'second cousins'. Iain is very 'Highland' in these matters. By that I mean he loves nothing better than to sit around the fire in Gairloch or Achiltibuie (Wester Ross) and talk about who is related to whom and how they are all 'cousins' in that part of the world. If you have ever read Alistair MacLeod's book "No Great Mischief" you will know how there is often one person several generations back in the family tree (in his novel it is Calum Ruadh or red-headed Calum) who is a pivotal character. It gives folk a sort of fulcrum on who they pivot their relationships to each other.
Christmas trees are going up in the town squares and public buildings. These trees are in St Pauls Church, Milngavie where there is a 'Festival of Decorated Trees' by about 20 local clubs and organisations. Very well done! For example the local stamp collecting society used laminated postage stamps instead of the usual baubles for their tree decorations ... clever!
Here is Harriet, with Ellie in the shadows, in a video that John took of the he and the children putting up their tree.
Ish and Alastair were recently at a rugby games in Edinburgh. Ish will be 12 years old on New Year's Eve. Alastair will be 11 years old 6 weeks later.
And then there is Ellie (3 and 3/4 years old)!
While Mairi was having her breakfast upstairs she heard something downstairs and went to investigate... guess who is on loo?! She just has to keep this photo for Ellie's 18th birthday!
And later in the day ... where's Ellie?
In the laundry basket in the bedroom! [John's photo] ... what a girl has to go through to get a bit of peace!!!